302 people were recorded as homeless in Galway in October.

Figures published by the Department of Housing also show that in the rest of the western region, 34 were recorded as homeless in Mayo and four in Roscommon during the period.

Meanwhile, there was an 80 percent increase in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation with the Simon Communities of Ireland last year.

The charities annual report shows the number increased from 968 in 2017 to 1,738 last year.

The total numbers accessing their supports around the country also rose by more than a quarter to 16,800.

Galway Simon Community CEO Karen Golden says it’s a difficult time of year for families under pressure and living in emergency accommodation.

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